Sunday, August 30, 2015

My Secret Guide to Paris by Lisa Shroeder

This book is about a girl, whose name is Nora, she and her grandma just planned a trip to Paris together. But unfortunately, her grandma just passed away. One day, Nora knows there are going to be wonderful surprises waiting for her in Paris, and maybe she'll find a way to heal her broken heart. the theme for this book is never giving up, because, for example, Nora tries different ways to make her mom want to go to Paris with herself. Also, while you're reading this book, it'll keep on grabbing your attention, and, I would recommend for ages 8 - 12 to read this book! Patrina C., Grade 6

Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo

The main idea is about the samurai spirit and Bushido. This book has positive and negative elements. The positive elements are the Bushido rules and philosophy. The negative element in this story is seppuku. I recommend this book for people who are 14 and older and who are really into the code of the samurai. Christian H., Grade 9

Matched by Ally Condle

In The Society, your choices are made for you. But when Cassia's match (the perfect partner), Xander, her very best friend, appears on the Matching Screen, she is excited. Cassia accepts the information card for Xander, which she reviews at home. But as she stares at Xander's face, another face flashes before going dark. It is Ky, a mysterious boy at school. Now Cassia is faced with something she has never made before a choice. I recommend this book to ages 11 and up. Paloma B., Grade 6

The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick

The main themes of this book are survival and escape. The story is set to the future, where people live off probes, with grey skies, and the Urb divided into latches controlled by different gangs. Eden is the only place where good exists, but only the genetically improved humans live there. The main character, Spaz, risks his life to escape his latch, and goes on a adventure to reach his sister suffering from a major illness. I recommend this book for students who enjoy science fiction. Mia J., Grade 8

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

The little prince lives alone on a small planet about the size of a house. Not exactly alone, since the day his beautiful flower was born. The little prince then starts on a journey to visit other planets, in order to add to his knowledge. The seventh planet he visited was Earth, where the narrator of this story finds the little prince after a plane crash on the desert. The book describes a sort of philosophy towards the world. I recommend this to middle school kids to adults, so the reader could understand the true meanings behind the story. Mia J., Grade 8

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood

The main themes of this novel are friendship, family, and morality. The story is set to the time when Queen Elizabeth the I reigned in England. The main character, widge is an orphan who later finds himself apprenticed to the players of William Shakespeare himself! He makes new friends and as a orphan, feels the love of friendship and family for the first time. But will he ever be able to belong if the reason he joined the players at all was to steal one of Mr. Shakespeare's plays for his master? Mia J., Grade 8

Graceful by Wendy Mass

Graceful by Wendy Mass is the last book in Wendy Mass' birthday series. In this book Grace and all the characters in the previous books come back to save the town where all the stories took place. Will team Grace be able to save the special little town? Find out in Graceful. Ava D., Grade 6

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass is a book about friendships. Amanda and Leo are truly the best of friends celebrating every birthday together until the turn 11. This is because during their tenth birthday Amanda over hears some boys telling Leo how uncool it is to have his party with a girl every year. The she doesn't talk to him until their 11th birthday when strange things start happening where they will need each other to figure it out. Ava D., Grade 6

Sunny Sweet is so Not Sorry byJennifer Ann Mann

This is a story about friendship and cooperation are very important skills for siblings to have. After the sisters have a crazy day they end up needing each other more than ever. I would recommend this story because it shows it might now always be easy to accomplish something but if you work together you can get it done. Ava D., Grade 6

Scat by Carl Hiassen

Mrs. Starch, the infamous biology teacher at Truman School has gone missing after a field trip with her 3rd grade class in Black Vine Swamp. When they were there a "wildfire" broke out and caused them to leave early. The shocking new discovery proves that the fire wasn't a wildfire, it was arson! Truman School's principal, Dr. Dressler receives a letter saying that Starch is just dealing with a family emergency. But Nick and Marta, two of her students don't believe the letter at all because Mrs. Starch has no known family. Recent sightings of endangered Florida panthers in the area are rumors Red Diamond Energy Corporation a new oil company drilling near Black Vine Swamp. Could any of these events and rumors be related to the arson? Jason L., Grade 6

Flush by Carl Hiassen

Noah's dad thinks Dusty Muleman's casino boat, the Coral Queen is spoiling the ocean water by illegally dumping human sewage straight into the Florida Bay, so Noah's dad sinks it. Now Noah's dad is in jail and the Coral Queen is back in commission. No one has the evidence to bust Dusty Muleman though. Noah and his younger sister, Abbey are trying to prove their father's accusation and they meet a mysterious pirate that they have never met before. It's all up to Noah and Abbey to bust Dusty Muleman and save the ocean, and to deal with their complicated family problem. Jason L., Grade 6

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

The main idea of this book is how people can change with the help of others who are willing to help. The positive thing about this book is it shows depth into how a person can change their ways from bad to good. I recommend this book for 7th and 8th graders. It can inspire people to change their ways. Maximillian M., Grade 8

The Brimstone Key by Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis

This book is about a group of kids who call themselves the Grey Griffins. They fight fairies, werewolves, and other monsters who align themselves with the Knights Templar, an organization dedicated to protect good from evil. The main villain, Otto Von Strife, is after the Brimstone Key, a key that can unlock the evil world to get his daughter back. Who will get it first? The main theme is making good decisions. Will Max follow in his father's footsteps? For ages 8 - 12. Matthew H., Grade 7

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

Alex and Conner live a normal life-until they fall into their grandmother's storybook and end up in the Land of Stories. There, they meet up with a talking frog, Froggy, who gives them a journal that has directions to create a Wishing Spell. The spell that grants any wish. Together the twins must create the Wishing Spell and beat the Evil Queen with the race against time. Katherine A., Grade 6

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

This book is about a boy named Hugo Cabret, who is really talented. He is good at fixing mechanical toys. He got caught stealing the tools he needed for his experiment from the toy store. The store manager told Hugo to take everything out of his pockets. He found Hugo's notebook, which had the plan for his experiment. The store manager threatened to burn Hugo's notebook. Hugo ran out without his notebook and started planning how to get it back. I think it is a really good book with a lot of adventure. Kevin E., Grade 6

Monday, July 27, 2015

Black Sheep by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout

The Black Sheep is a book about a 15-year-old girl named Kendra Bishop who participates in a reality show called The Black Sheep in order to escape the rules and regulations of her own family. Kendra then trades lives with another girl in California in order to experience life with another family. A positive element is the valuable lessons that Kendra learns along the way. A negative element is some language. I recommen this for people 11 and older and fans of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. Juliana A., Grade 8.

Blood Fever by Charlie Higson

James Bond is on vacation with his cousin Victor on the island of Sardinia. James Bond goes with his teacher to visit the island, but then finds that the island has mysterious things happening. He finds out it is the Millenaria and Count Ugo Carnifex. I would recommend this book for 6-8-graders. It would appeal to those who like adventur and spy work. Michael J., Grade 7.

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

Samuel, 13, lives with his parents in the woods near Pennsylvania in the time of the Revolutionary War. Samuel grows up in the frontier. His is good at hunting and surviving in the wilderness. One day Samuel comes back from hunting and is shocked to see that British soldiers attacked the village and took his parents. His desperate search to rescue his parents begins. I recommend this novel to readers who are interested in frontier lives in the time of the Revolutionary War. Jung J., Grade 6.

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

My Sister's Keeper is a book about a former lawyer named Sara Fitzgerald who retired from her job to take care of her daughter Kate, who was diagnosed with a rare case of leukemia at age two. Sara and her husband, Brian, decide to have another child that will be a perfect genetic match for their daughter Kate. Sara and Brian are successful and have another child, named Anna. The book takes place 14 years after Anna's birth. This book talks about the important values of family. I recommend this book for people who aren't afraid to cry and who love a good read. Juliana A., Grade 7.

Lyonesse: Darksolstice by Sam Llewellyn

Darksolstice is the second book by Sam Llewellen in the Lyoness series. It is a great book full of exciting scenes. It is about a boy named Idris who is trying to reclaim his kingdom from the evil Fisheagle, who stole it from his father. He needs help from another kingdom because he doesn't have an army to fight Fisheagle. They will help him if he can successfully get his sister back from Aegypt, which is a place full of evil. It is a great book, and I recommend it for ages 9 to 13. Evan S., Grade 7.

Lyoness: Well Between the Worlds by Sam Llewellyn

The Well Between the Worlds is the first book in the Lyonesse series. It is about a boy named Idris Limpit who lives in a world where they fish for monsters -- in places called wells that are holes that connect to the world the monsters live in. Idris finds out that he is really the King of Lyonesse and that the peole in charge have taken the throne from his ancestors. I recommend this exciting book for ages 10 to 13. Evan S., Grade 7

DragonFire by Donita K. Paul

DragonFire is about a group of wizards and knights who are trying to save their land from evil wizards and their minions. It is full of exciting events, such as battles with dragons and other strage mystical creatures. It is the fourth book in the series, so I would recommend reading the other three first. I recommend the adventure/fantasy book for ages 10 to 12. Evan S., Grade 7.

Wings of Fire Series by Tui T. Sutherland

In this epic 5-book series, five dragonets are ready to save the world from a 20-year war. Sunny, Clay, Glory, Starflight, and Tsunami were born into a prophecy in which they must choose the Queen. These books are full of adventure and had me hanging onto every page! I totally recommend them to all readers! Amber G., Grade 7.

City of Orphans by Avi

In New York, in the year 1893, a boy named Maks and a girl named Willa start the rarest of journies through the filthy and dangerous city streets. Their friendship is a miracle. Together, they must find a way to free someone from jail, solve a mystery, and survive these horrible times. I recommend this book to anyone in grades 7 or 8. Amber G., Grade 7.

Tiger, Tiger by Lynne Reid Banks

As the daughter of an emperor, young Aurelia's life should not be of concern to her father, but when she starts caring too much for her tiger and his keeper, the emperor starts wondering if her emotions and fear can be ignored for her up-coming birthday. If all goes well at the ring, then the royal family can continue on with their lives. If not.... then they will have to wait and see. Amber G., Grade 7.

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Linnet Ridgeway is a kind-hearted heiress who makes enemies on her honeymoon with her best friend's ex-fiance. She is soon murdered by one of the passengers on the same cruise. Calling all detectives! Miranda C., Grade 8.

White Dolphin by Gill Lewis

A little girl named Kara found an abandoned baby dolphin who was caught in a crab trap. Angel, the dolphin, is saved and put in a shelter until her wounds heal. A guy named Dougie Evans is trying to destroy the coral reef. I recommend this book to kids who like drama and marine animals. Ashley G., Grade 6.

Nancy Drew: The Clue of the Leaning Chimney by Carolyn Keene

The theme of this book is if you set your heart on something, you should just go for it and don't let anyone stop you. Nancy finds a strange house with a really tall fence. She climbs up a tree and sees that there is a symbol on the chimney. She thinks it is a distress call. Nancy finds a freind who knows the symbol means "help." Nancy later rescues the father and daughter who were reported missing. I think kids who like mystery very much should read this book. Ashley G., Grade 6

Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

A boy named Percy Jackson has to save the gods by stopping Kronos from attacking Olympus. If you like adventure books, then this book is perfect for you. Suraj S., Grade 6

Spiderman: Civil War by Clayton Crain

Peter Parker is a teacher of a boy named Jordan. He has to face all of his enemies, including Green Goblin, all over again. He also has his grandma to worry about. Suraj S., Grade 6

Wolverine Origins: Born in Blood by Daniel Way

Wolverine meets his friend/enemy and has to kill him. But Wolverine has more than just one enemy, so they all team up on him. Suraj S., Grade 6

Green by Laura Roberts

BANG! Lily fell backward, astonished. Then she was carried away by leprechauns. This all happened on her 13th birthday. Soon after, her grandmother, Gigi, died. Lily soon finds out that her grandmother was really the Keeper of the Clan of Green, a leprechaun villange. Lily is supposed to become the new Keeper, but must pass three tests first. If she doesn't pass, she doesn't go back home. Madeleine Y., Grade 6

Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

Zoe Elias dreams of playing a grand piano in the amazing Carnegie Hall --and guess what? It comes true. Well, sort of. Zoe ends up getting an organ and gets to play at the annual Perform-O-Rama competition. It isn't exactly Carnegie Hall, and Zoe knows it. But when she goes to the Perform-O-Rama, she realizes that it might be better. Madeleine Y., Grade 6

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Phileas Fogg and his servant plan to travel the world in eighty days to that it can be done. On their way around the world they encounter many difficulties like savages, bad weather, and much more. The book has interesting people, places, and transportation method. The good thing is that Jules Verne lets your imagination picture what is happening. This book is recommened to those who like adventure and sight seeing since you can imagine what is happening. It would appeal to 6-8 graders since they have more ideas to think about. Michael J., Grade 7

The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillio

The theme of this book is sadness. Rob is the main character. Rob's mom has died and he then moved to a new city with his dad. Then, he was walking in a forest and found a tiger in a cage, which made him feel excited. H asked the owner if he could feed the tiger. Then Rob started to visit the tiger everyday. Rob unleashed the tiger thinking it would not attack him. This is where the bad part happens. I think 3rd graders should read this book because it is interesting. Kevin E., Grade 6

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

This book is about a boy named Holling Hoohood, that fails in school. His teacher, Mrs. Baker is really strict. She assigns Holling to read a lot of books. His friends are getting mean just because Mrs. Baker told Holling to get the cream puffs. His friends thought that he was going to eat one and they were jealous. The positive, part of this book is that when Holling read Shakespeare and he acted it out he was given cream puffs which he shared with his friends. I think you should read this book so you will understand why your friends get jealous sometimes. Kevin E., Grade 6

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

I really like this book because of it's great characters and the fun plot. The theme, bravery is shown a lot through the book when Kendra and Seth explored more and more of Fablehaven, and their bravery is challenged again and again. And many times they are tested to see if they are truly brave enough to make huge sacrifices for the world. This book and series is an amazing fantasy read. I would recommend this book for 4th grade and up. Aanji S., Grade 7

You Will Call Me Drog by Sue Cowing

Parker is a sixth grader who has found a creepy looking puppet. He brings it home and tries it on but once they are are alone, the puppet says, "you will call me Drog!" Now Drog will not come off of his hand no matter how hard Parker tries to. Drog get Parker into a lot of trouble because people believe Parker is saying the nasty things Drog says. Jaemy C., Grade 6

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

I enjoyed this book a lot because of the interesting characters and obstacles the characters have to face. The theme of this book would probably be lie and secrets. Constantly throughout this book, lies and secrets keep hurting and growing characters. I love this book's creative concepts and its great way of creating a picture in your head so clearly. I would recommend this book to 4th graders and up. Aanji S., Grade 7

The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhell

The theme is to never give up no matter what you put your mind to. Positive - Lin and her friends saved the town from being attacked and crushed by evil. Negative- There were lots of dark obstacles in their way, also it led to lots of catastrophes on their journey. Who I think should read this book are people who like action and adventure. I think ages 10-16 should read this book. Ashley G., Grade 6

The Icebound Land by John Flanagan

One of the themes in The Icebound Land is friendship. Evanlyn showed friendship to Will by caring for him in a freezing mountain. Also, Halt and Horace went through a lot of trouble trying to rescue Evanlyn and Will. A negative element would be that the author doesn't use that wide of a vocabulary. The book was very suspenseful, and kept me on the edge of my seat. I recommend this book to ages 9-11. Nathan L., Grade 6

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

In this sequel to Cinder, Scarlet, a brave and stubborn girl, searches for her grandmother who was taken into custody by Lunars in search of princess Selene, with the help of Wolf, a street fighter. But when Cinder (aka, Princess Selene) crosses paths with them after escaping from prison, she finds out more about her past that she might not like to hear. Madeleine Y., Grade 6

The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher

Seventh grade spies, Sophie Young and Grace Yang are out on a simple stakeout, but suddenly, it turns dangerous. They end up spying on Dr. Charlotte Agford, a counselor at Sophie's school. But when Sophie and Grace witness what they believe to be a murder, they now think of her as a fugitive. I recommend this book to kids, ages 10-12. Madeleine Y., Grade 6

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

When Gwenyth, a young girl in her teens, discovers that she has the time travelling gene and not her brilliant cousin, Charlotte she's in shock and unprepared. But, if that wasn't enough, she an her time-traveling partner, Gideon, must solve a mystery. A mystery that is yet to be deciphered. A mystery of how and why her other cousin, Lucy, and her husband, Paul, have disappeared into the past. A Mystery that involves who to trust and who to not. When Gwenyth feels like she finally has found all the answers, she always finds a new problem to solve one that involves death, sacrifice, and most of all, love. I recommend this book to teens, ages 13-16. Madeleine Y., Grade 6

The Accidental Hero by Matt Myklusch

In New Jersey not long ago, a young boy thinks his life is a living nightmare. Then strange things start happening around him and machines and he is whisked away to the imagine nation. In this moving island Jack Blank thinks things are starting to look up, you would think so to if you found out you had super powers! Yet at the same time his nightmare gets even worse! Amber G., Grade 7

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell

Emmy Addison's life is miserable. She has no friends, parents who come about every month, only to leave a few days later, and to top it all off a horrific nanny! After being bitten by the class rat, Emmy discovers that she can understand rodents. Later she befriends Joe, another one of the rat's victims. They assume that someone is trying to ruin Emmy's life, but who? Will they find the culprit? This book isn't too deep, but has a good element of magic! It's good for children. Sarah C., Grade 6

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Ten strangers were invited to soldier Island by the name of U.N. Owen. Eight were guests and two were servants. They were all delighted until a mysterious gramophone was put on during their dinner, announcing the murders and crimes they had committed. The one thread uniting the ten strangers was crime. As the days passed by, guests started to get murdered, following the order the nursery rhyme hung in each bedroom. One by one they got killed, but by whom? This book is recommended for ages nine and older. Jean L., Grade 8

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

Fifteen year old Cole Matthews has been fighting, stealing, and breaking the law for several years. This time, Cole beat up a student and is in another bucket of trouble. However, this time  it is different. He is offered Circle Justice: a system that derived from the Native Americans, focusing on healing rather than punishment. Willing to go anything for a shorter jail sentence. Cole "accepts" Circle Justice and is sent to a remote Alaskan island. Is he still yet to change and regain the control of his spirit? Jean L., Grade 8

Out of the Dust by Karen Hessi

Billy Jo's life was going great until her pregnant mother dies. Things just go down hill, her love of piano diminishes because of her inability to play, her father leaves, her baby brother  dies, and worst of all it's dust bowl season. I didn't like that it was written like a poem I would have preferred page to page. Other than that it was a good book for ages ten and up. Erin R. A., Grade 6

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz

Twenty-two characters from a medieval manor in England, 1255 depict their daily live culture with a lot of humor and wits.As we do, their lives seem happy, sad, and hopeful. You will find fascinating lives that reflect historical facts. I was so surprised how the author transformed boring history into live beautiful play for students actually to perform. I strongly recommend this book to whom study the medieval history at school. Jung Joy L., Grade 6

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

When a young girl named Turtle is sent to spend the summer in Key West with relatives, or with the news of all the treasure found there strike it rich for her and her mother. Maybe even get to see her father for the first time. This had grammatical errors, but it was a 10/10. If you loved "out of the Past" you will love Turtle in Paradise. Erin R. A., Grade 6

The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan

A theme in The Emperor of Nihon-Ja is loyalty. The Emperor, loyal to his people, didn't want any more bloodshed happening, so he backed down. His troops were also very loyal to him because they were willing to risk their lives for him. A positive element would be that this book is intense, like when the fighting started. I recommend this book to ages ten through twelve.Nathan L., Grade 6

Silverfin by Charlie Higson

James Bond a young boy who is at Eton and meets his roommate is Pritpal Ivandra. Then he meets George Hellbore son of a arms trader. James finds out what Lord Hellbore is up to and plans to stop him. Higson lets readers imagine what is happening. I recommend this book to sixth through eighth graders. It would appeal to those who like James Bond and spy stories. Michael J., Grade 7

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a school to train girls to be spies. Cameron Ann Morgan falls in love with an ordinary boy who thinks she is an ordinary girl. Is she prepared to fall in love and have a regular relationship without having him know the truth about her? I recommend this book to young teenage girls. Nicole L., Grade 6

The Genius Files by Dan Gutman

The main idea for this book is when two kids named Coke and Pepsi got on a cross county road trip finding clues for places, or getting closer and closer to getting each other killed. I enjoy all of the facts they have in this book people who like historical fiction would like this book. Ages ten through fourteen. Ian W., Grade 7

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

The main idea of the story is about the race to build the atomic bomb. Mainly the United States and the Soviet Union against Germany and Japan. I enjoyed all the action and suspense in this historical fiction book. People who like this type of book about American History would like to read this. Ages eleven through sixteen. Ian W., Grade 7

Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency is a fantasy/comedy. It's about a boy named Arthur who has the responsibility to get a bird for Thanksgiving. He literally finds nothing. After hours of searching he comes home with a giant chicken. When he loses the chicken the chicken causes mayhem! After hiring numbers of a chicken hunters the city comes up with a solution. This book is a picture chapter book that is an easy read. J.C. Z., Grade 6

The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman

The Loud Silence of Francine Green is a book about a self-conscious, shy, and respectful thirteen year old who meets a rambunctious, outspoken girl that changes her views on life, reality, and herself. A positive element is the idea that complete opposites can learn from each other. A negative element is some of the language. This is recommended for fans of "Safekeeping' and appeals to ages eleven and up. Juliana A., Grade 8

Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy

I really liked this book because of the amazing humor and the intricate characters. The theme of this book is most likely friendship and is displayed a lot throughout the story.When Pandora realizes her friend are in danger she will resort to desperate measures to save them. Despite the girl's differences they will always protect and fight for each other. I recommend this book to girls in the fourth grade and up. Aanji S., Grade 7

Almost Home by Joan Bauer

The theme is even if you're going through rough times always look ahead of you and never give up.Negative- Sugar May Cole and her mother Reba had gotten kicked out of their home and forced to be homeless. Positive- Reba and Sugar both stayed with a lady named Lexie. They were good friends,, both Reba and Sugar got jobs and moved into a rented apartment close to Lexie and Reba's work. I Think kids who like drama/poems/inspirations. I think ages nine through thirteen should read this book. Ashley G., Grade 6

Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

A man named Ben Boyd was one of the best con-men and wanted to steal Lincoln's body and hide it. Then Ben goes to jail and his group do not know what to do without him. So they then attempt to steal Lincoln's dead body and fail. One of the men in the group was an undercover cop so it was him that told the police about those who attempted the crime. Suraj S., Grade 6

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Jason, Leo, and Piper are all demigods going on a quest to save the goddess Hera from the Earth Mother, but there is a problem. Jason lost his memory and Piper is supposed to kill Jason, her boyfriend. What is going to happen? I loved this book. Percy Jackson fans ages 10 and up will too. Erin A., Grade 6

The Westing Game by Ellen Roskin

Sixteen lucky strangers were invited to the Sunset Tower with a magnificent view of Lake Michigan. All was well until they gathered for Samuel Westing's reading of the will. He left a few clues for the strangers (or heirs, according to the will) to put together and reveal the murder. Who wouldn't get excited to win a 200 million-dollar prize? I would recommend this book for ages 8 and older. Jung J., Grade 6

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot

Samantha Madison's whole life changes when she saves the President from an assassination attempt. Everyone now knows her name and thinks she is brave, when in reality, Samantha thinks she isn't. This is a very bubbly, cheerful book. The author also wrote the famous The Princess Diaries, and readers will gobble this book up if they like The Princess Diaries. Haelee K., Grade 6

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

The theme of this book is to always use your imagination. This is showed by Willy Wonka, Charlie, the factory, and the city in which the story takes place. The author takes every detail into account. I recommend this book for grades 2-8. Stella A., Grade 6

Watership Down by Richard Adams

A rabbit warren was safe and sound out in the peadeful fields of rural England. All was going well until a small rabbit names Fiber got agitated. Fiber had a power to predict bad events and he felt it coming to their warren. He tried his best to warn everyone, but failed. Finally giving up, Fiber decided to leave the warren himself. Hazel, his older brother, went with Fiber just to protect him, and soon forms a small group of rabbits on a remarkable journey. Jean L., Grade 8

House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Perfect houses in perfect neighborhoods. Is it always that way in books? Not in this one. House on Mango Street is about a teenage girl with a strong desire for a big house of her own. She describes her journey and her "friends" that come and go. Living in such a small apartment in a poor community is such a shame for her, and she feels it is impossible for her dream of a house to come true. However, if her wish comes true, she promises to come back to Mango Street and help those who were like her. This book is recommended for ages 11 and up. Jean L., Grade 8

Herbert's Wormhole by Peter Nelson

Herbert's Wormhole is a sci-fi comedy with adventure. The beginning starts with a kid named Alex who is into slaying aliens in video games. His parents secretly set up a play date with his neighbor, Herbert. Herbert is an extreme inventor who made silver high-tech suits. These suits lead them into a wormhole into the future. I would recommend this book for ages 6 - up. It is a light read with lots of adventure. J.C. Zimmerman, Grade 6

Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls by Lynne Janell

In the first book of the series, Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, Emmy Addison and her friends turn the evil Mrs. Barmy into a rat! Everyone thinks that Mrs. Barmy is done trying to get the Addison fortune, but they are wrong. Mrs. Barmey has befriended all the rodents of Rodent City, and is sponsoring a beauty pageant. What is her plan? Will she be stopped? This book is a little simple, but is still good. This book is good for children. Sarah C., Grade 6

Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard

The adventure begins when 13-year-old Trav meets Kenny and his cousin Isabella, who tell him that they will find the money his father stole. Confused (Trav never heard of his father being a burglar!) he sees Kenny and they decide to team up to find the money. They soon realize, though, that there is someone else after the money, someone who won't give up without a fight! Who will find it first? This book is an amazing mix of mystery and intrigue! is is great for people of all ages! Sarah C., Grade 6

The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick

A boy called Spaz lives in a future time, where people live in latches. It is forbidden to leave your latch, but Spaz's sister has blood sickness that could lead to her passing, and lives three latches away. Determined to see her, Spaz and an old man named Ryder team up and try to get to his sister's latch. Will Spaz live to see his sister? Even if he makes it, will she survive? This book is very exciting and will be good for people of all ages. Sarah C., Grade 6

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie

A woman's wealthy aunt and her fiance's crush are both poisoned and the innocent woman is accused of the crime. The best part of the book is the lies told by the household, which confuse the reader even further. Fans of the mystery writer should definitely check out this novel. Miranda C., Grade 8

Breathe by Sarah Crossan

There is no more oxygen on the planet after the switch. Breathe has found a way to make manufactured oxygen. Alina, Bea, and Quinn take a journey across the dead planet. Alina is escaping from the ministry. Bea was looking forward to a trip with Quinn. Quinn is worried about Alina. Breathe is filled with science fiction, and the object of staying alive. I recommend this for 4th grade and up because there is some violence. Talulla C., Grade 6

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

This book is about kids who are unwanted because of their creativity. These kids are eliminated and are supposedly dead but they are actually now. The main character Alex Stowe was an unwanted and is sent to his grave but a magician named Mr. Today saved him and brought him to a hidden world that exists to save condemned children. The author is trying to tell us creativity is necessary and can't be dead. It's WILD! Reading this book makes me feel magical because of all the imagination. It goes on forever with no limit. Any child or adult looking for a good book should read this. Andrew C., Grade 6

Revenge of the Wannabes by Lisa Harrison

Maggie, Alicia, Dylan, Kristen, and Claire used to be friends in their own clique. That was until Alicia got tired of always being after Maggie. No matter what, Maggie always got 1st and Alicia got 2nd.So, Alicia switched her and Maggie's voting boxes to determine who got to be on the cover of a magazine. She decides to make her own clique. Will the 2 of them ever be friends again? Jenna O., Grade 6

Sylvia and Aki by Winifred Conkling

Sylvia and Aki are two totally different girls. Sylvia wanted to enroll in school but is sent to the "Mexican" school instead of Westminster school which was the school near her. Aki was sent to Poston, Arizona to a Japanese internment camp. She doesn't understand what she's done wrong to be sent there. This is a great story about friendship. Jenna O., Grade 6

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines is about a boy named Colin Singleton is a child prodigy with a strange obsession for girls named Katherine. Colin has just been dumped by Katherine the 19 and so Colin and his best friend Hassan go on a road trip in search of Colin's eureka moment. Yael N., Grade 6

Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass

This book is about three kids that were all brought together because of one solar eclipse. Ally's family owns the Moon Shadow compound. Bree's family are all Astronomy geeks except for her. Jack on the other hand is flunking science so he is forced to go see a solar eclipse at the Moon Shadow little do any of them know what is in store.Yael N., Grade 6

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

The theme of this book is to stay true to yourself and what you believe in. This book is very well written and the whole idea of the book is heart-wrenching. This book is recommended for 5th through 10th graders. Yael N., Grade 6